Hong Kong people fear internet safety

Hong Kong residents have high levels of concern about national and internet security, according to the latest Unisys Security Index.

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Hong Kong residents have high levels of concern about national and internet security, according to the latest Unisys Security Index.

The Index tracks consumer concern towards eight specific issues against four categories and provides an overall measure of concern in the community (an Index number out of 300).

Hong Kong has recorded a result of 189, an increase of five points on the last results.

"We are now seeing a trend of increasing levels of overall concern held by residents of Hong Kong," said David Fu, Vice President and General Manager, Unisys, Greater China. "Identity theft and financial fraud related matters again dominate the top three issues of concern for Hong Kong residents."

The results for the individual indices compared to the previous index are: National Security, 183 (up seven points), Financial Security, 217 (up three points), Internet Security, 142 (up eight points), and Personal security, 214 (up four points).

Whether internet threats are imminent, or the public is overreacting to news reports about Internet security breaches, Fu said that "the key point is that regardless of the actual risk involved (imminent threat or not/ overreaction or not), the public perception of security - or lack of it - is an important factor in influencing choices about whether to do business with you."

"Which is why we believe it is so important for governments and businesses to find new ways to talk about security continuing to build community confidence and trust through a degree of transparency (where we can be transparent) and dialogue (where we cannot)."

Fears of credit or debit card fraud

According to the Index report, 87 percent of Hong Kong residents, or an estimated 4.2 million people, are extremely or very concerned about other people obtaining or using their credit or debit card details.

A high 87 percent of people said that they are extremely or very concerned about unauthorised access to or misuse of personal information, unchanged from last survey.

Some 46 percent of Hong Kong residents were very or extremely concerned about the security of shopping and banking online.

And 45 percent of Hong Kong residents were very or extremely concerned about computer security in relation to viruses and unsolicited e-mails

Additional Unisys research was done into the use of mobile phones or PDAs to pay bills, shop or bank online. The vast majority of Hong Kong residents have said they would not consider using their mobile phone or PDA to pay bills, shop or bank online, with less than two in 10 Hong Kong residents saying they currently use these devices for online transactions.

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